Monday, November 1, 2010

Fall 2011: A few public school updates

TourPalooza is in full swing, and between trooping around schools, general life, and the World Series, I'm way behind on doing things like posting tour notes. But a couple of things popped recently that warrant sharing quickly:

  • Today, the Chronicle ran a story about the district's ongoing program to crack down on residency fraud. The article includes the following paragraph on plans to check CTIP1 status -- "Under the new student assignment system, more safeguards will be in place. Anyone who provides an address within the prioritized census tracts will automatically go through a review process." No details I can find on what that review will entail, either in the story or on the district's website. Anyone know any more?
  • The school district has updated its 2011 elementary school boundary maps page to include the map from September. Earlier, they'd told me the map wasn't yet final and might not be until November, but as of now, it looks like they are going with the September version.
  • The new school guide doesn't yet appear to be available online. Anyone know if the paper version is available at the EPC? For some general background, here are district FAQs on the new assignment system.
And my favorite typo on the new district enrollment site, from the mobile enrollment center page: "See the Enrollment Buss in 2011!" ;*

More updates (added to this post on Friday, November 5):

  • The district's recent press release on the residency fraud program includes the following about next year -- "In preparation for instituting a new student placement system, the district has significantly increased its ability to verify all documentation submitted by families during the application process and to prove that an applicant falsified information."
  • The district also posted this copy of the residency letter it says it is sending to currently-enrolled families.

15 comments:

  1. The District portrays its position on residency fraud as a moral issue - that seats are being taken away from locals who played by the rules. But seats are being taken away from locals by illegal immigrants who are perpetually in violation of multiple federal and state laws. Played by the rules? Give me a break.

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  2. From what I understand, the Enrollment Guide is going to be made available beginning Nov 13at the Enrollment Fair.

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  3. Does anyone know if those seats left vacant when kids are kicked out are going to be filled, or is the district just going to absorb the loss of funds? If there is a K seat open at the school which was someone's first choice for K, but which they did not get, is there a way to transfer in?

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  4. Prop 187 on social services and education for illegal immigrants has passed in California and is in the courts. There is nothing for SFUSD to do ahout the residence of illegal immigrants until that gets done.

    In the meantime, everyone, citizens, legal residents, or illegal immigrants, should be treated the same. Do you live in SF or not? Do you live in CTIP1 or not? Do you live in that elementary school attendance area or not? Plenty of work for staff and the private investigators.

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  5. Yes, Don, I agree the hypocrisy is hard to take.

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  6. Local SF families will do it too once they realize it's between that or a crappy school option...Don't have to be from out of SF to screw everyone over

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  7. I found the letter we received from the SFUSD today insulting, until I got to the part stating the letter could be ignored by families that weren't cheating.

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  8. "Does anyone know if those seats left vacant when kids are kicked out are going to be filled, or is the district just going to absorb the loss of funds?"

    Don't know, but a kid at our [trophy] school in 1st grade left suddenly for a private. We were puzzled, until my DS said "they wanted to be in a school closer to where she lives, 'cos she lives outside San Francisco".

    Ah.

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  9. We've lived in our house for 10 years in SF in an CPT1 tract, and just got a letter from SFUSD saying we have to prove the residency of one of our children. He's in first grade. Apparently SFUSD is not concerned about his twin sister, who also lives in our house.

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  10. "We've lived in our house for 10 years in SF in an CPT1 tract, and just got a letter from SFUSD saying we have to prove the residency of one of our children. He's in first grade. Apparently SFUSD is not concerned about his twin sister, who also lives in our house."

    Might still be in the mail if you just got it.

    Also, as noted, if you're not cheating, you don't have to do anything.

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  11. "We've lived in our house for 10 years in SF in an CPT1 tract, and just got a letter from SFUSD saying we have to prove the residency of one of our children. He's in first grade. Apparently SFUSD is not concerned about his twin sister, who also lives in our house."

    The letter says if you live in San Francisco, you can disregard the letter.

    I have 3 children but only received 1 letter. So my guess is only one letter per household to save cost.

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  12. Thanks 2:19 and 3:14!

    From 2:00

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  13. I got the letter too and I don't live in a CTIP1 zone. I think they sent it to every SFUSD household.

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  14. 10:26pm,

    Based on the article by Jill Tucker of the Chronicle, all SFUSD students get the letter:

    "Letters will go home starting today to the 35,000 households with students enrolled in city schools offering amnesty until Nov. 20."

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/11/01/MNJN1G42U3.DTL

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  15. I think the the letter was poorly drafted. I know for myself it wasn't immediately apparent that if had not lied about your residence you could disregard the letter.

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